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John L. Hines, Jr.



130 E. Randolph St.
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Chicago, IL 60601
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J.D., Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, Chicago, Illinois, 1981, Articles Editor, Journal of Criminal Law & Criminology
A.B., Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, 1978
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John L. Hines, Jr.


John L. Hines, Jr. is a Member of Clark Hill’s Intellectual Property practice and focuses on IP and technology transactions. John works with clients seeking to realize value from intellectual property, technology, and information assets through licenses, joint ventures, M&A, and other types of transactions. John also provides litigation support for matters involving intellectual property and assists clients in resolving copyright and contract disputes pertaining to rights allocations and infringements.  He served as an adjunct faculty member at Northwestern University School of Law and Chicago-Kent College of Law, where he taught intellectual property, licensing, and Internet law. 

John currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Erikson Institute, a graduate school in early childhood development (Board Chair, 2017-2020).

Publications & Speaking Engagements

  • Authored, “Software Licensing,” (Chapter 19) Intellectual Property Law, 2017 Edition (IICLE) (to be updated, 2020).
  • Co-Authored, “Teaching Traps for the Unwary – How to Use Copyrighted Material Safely” (Clark Hill, April 2020).
  • Speaker, "Digital Transactions: The Global Legal Framework for E-signatures and Records," American Bar Association, Webinar, October 12, 2016.
  • Authored, Backdooring Investment Security (On the Apple Case) (Clark Hill, February 2016).
  • Co-Authored, “The New Trade Secrets Law: What it Means for Your Business” (Clark Hill, June 2016).
  • Speaker, “Drafting Technology Policies to Protect Your Organization’s Technology Assets,” 31st Annual Employment Law Conference, Livonia/Detroit, April 29, 2015.
  • Moderator, “Of Tablets, Laptops and Smartphones: Anatomy of Mobile Devices, Their Structures and Data Vulnerabilities,” Clark Hill and 4Discovery, Webinar, Chicago, January 21, 2015.
  • Speaker, “Cloud Contracting: Legal Issues in the Cloud – Insights on How to Navigate the Shifting Skies and Effectively Manage Risk,” CloudCast ‘14, Phoenix, January 2014.
  • Authored, “Copyright Licensing,” 30 Licensing Journal 3 in February 2010 and re-published as Chapter 3 in Licensing Update 2012 (Aspen Publishers).
  • Author, “Corporate Reputation and Information Management,” First Chair Magazine at 12 (July 2013).
  • Presented, “Copyright Licensing,” Practicing Law Institute (Understanding the Intellectual Property License) in November 2009 - 2012.
  • Speaker and Panelist, “Redefining “Free”: A Look at Open Source Software Management,” Sixth Annual Symposium of the Northwestern Journal of Technology & Intellectual Property (March 2010), proceedings published at 8 Nw. J. Tech. & Intell. Prop. 425 in August 2010.
  • Presented, “Anatomy of a Software License,” Pennsylvania Bar Institute in February 2009. (Pittsburgh and Philadelphia).
  • Presented, “Open Source Licensing,” Pennsylvania Bar Institute in July 2008. (Pittsburgh and Philadelphia).
  • Co-Authored, “Beating Vendor Lockdown: Negotiating Software Licenses for Your Organization,” 24 ACC Docket 2, 45 in 2006.  
  • Co-Author and recipient of a 2004 Burton Award for Legal Achievement for “Anonymity, Immunity & Online Defamation: Managing Corporate Exposure to Reputation Injury,” 4 Sedona Conf. J. 97 (2003), cited in EEOC v. Severn Treat Services, Inc., 358 F.3d 438 (7th Cir.2004) (Posner, J.).
American Bar Association (Intellectual Property Law Section (IP Transactions and Licensing Committee); Science and Technology Section)
Attended Artificial Intelligence and Robotics National Institute, Presented by the American Bar Association (Santa Clara, January 2020)